It has never been quite clear to me why historians would not have found our revolution significant enough, merely as a victory of constitutionalism. Compared to more recent history books, this one is a bit dry, but nevertheless very interesting, and comprehensive in scope. I was not a history major but this book makes me wish I had been.
Justine Stornetta Entertaining style but so very short sighted and often racist.
Well worth the read This one definitely did it for me and American history. The author looks across various aspects of life and the time period and discuss Jennifer Wonderful, though long book.
Jessica While I have never had a huge passion for history, I do find it interesting occasionally. When I saw this volume on sale as an e-book and was trying to find a new genre to read, I decided to pick it up. Boorstin did a great job at giving a ground level view that encompassed everything from the first major colonies of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia and what influenced their distinct development and personality to the ways and degrees in which the colonials were vested in or rather casual about law, medicine, science, literature, warfare, etc.
The revolution, he contends, was never driven by class, equality, social change or economic restructuring. Did you ever wonder why so many of our Founding Fathers came from the society of wealthy Virginia plantation owners?
The Puritans in the wilderness away from Old World centers of learning, far from great university libraries, threatened daily by the thousand and one hardships and perils of a savage America-were poorly situated for elaborating a theology or disputing its fine points.
I picked it up again about a year ago and really got into it. Despite joining the Communist Party during his student years, Boorstin was unabashedly conservative and nationalist.
He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years and was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge in He excelled in high school and went on to study at Harvard, Yale and Oxford, earning higher degrees in arts and law.
Thomas Jefferson at War Crucible of War: I recommend reading the whole trilogy, in order. For example, many colonies were founded by particular religious sects. We were singularly free from most of the philosophical baggage of modern nationalism.
More than just a repeat of the history we learned in junior high, this is an insightful look at Colonial America from discovery up to the Revolution. Content created by Alpha History may not be copied, republished or redistributed without our express permission.Buy a cheap copy of The Americans 1: The Colonial book by Daniel J.
Boorstin. The first book in a trilogy--and in many respects the best of the bunch--The Colonial Experience is an essential interpretation of how the habits of. Daniel Boorstin’s The Americans delivers a cultural history of the American colonies, beginning first with profiles on the disparate groups that settled on the eastern seaboard (Puritans, Quakers, and Cavaliers), and then following the growth of American religion, law, and education in the new world.4/5.
Books: The Colonial Experience () The National Experience () The Democratic Experience ().
Perspective: Conservative Daniel Boorstin was one of America’s most prominent historians and perhaps its best known conservative ones. Daniel J. Boorstin, one of America's great historians, focuses on American ingenuity and emergent nationalism in this middle book of the Americans trilogy, dealing with a period extending roughly from the Revolution to the Civil War/5(25).
Mar 12, · Daniel Boorstin’s The Americans delivers a cultural history of the American colonies, beginning first with profiles on the disparate groups that settled on the eastern seaboard (Puritans, Quakers, and Cavaliers), and then following the growth of American religion, law, and education in the new world.4/5().
Daniel J. Boorstin was the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. Inhe received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature.Download